John Grisham’s novel, “The Racketeer” did not disappoint me in the least, from the first page to the last.
Malcolm Bannister has been wrongfully accused of a white-collar crime, and he has been sentenced to five years in prison. He lost everything––his wife, his son, his home, and his law practice.
While in prison, Malcolm is assigned to work in the library. He assists his fellow inmates with legal advice, and keeps up with all the news from the outside world. When he reads an article about the murder of Judge Raymond Fawcett, he devises a plan of how to get himself out of prison––he knows who killed the judge!
Malcolm approaches the warden and asks him to set up a meeting with the FBI. At first, the FBI is not pleased with making a deal with a convicted felon, but for weeks they have been trying to figure out who the killer is, and they have met with dead ends all around. The deal gets made, and now the twists and turns in the story will have you riveted to your seat. Does Malcolm really know who the killer is, or is he playing a game of cat and mouse with the FBI––maybe even seeking his own revenge for what they did to him when he was railroaded into prison? The FBI begins to wonder as they track their star witness’s trail, scratching their heads as to what he is up to.
Being the cruel reviewer that I am, I am now going to suggest you get your own copy of “The Racketeer” and find out for yourself exactly what Malcolm Bannister is up to. It won’t take you long to get wrapped up in this story, yet another great read from John Grisham.